BreyerWest 2019 has come and gone and boy what an experience! I attended it with my best hobby friend (and friend in general) Rachel. We each showed the max amount of 50 horses during the show and both of us walked away with a "rosette" and a prize horse.
The show was well run even with a few snags. Mostly, the box on the palette from Breyer that contained the official ribbons and rosettes apparently fell off and was missing for the show. They handled it as best they could with "temporary" ribbons cut from actual ribbon spools and the rosettes were slightly thicker ribbon (white and gold for champion, white and silver for reserve) made in the same manner. I believe we are supposed to receive our actual rosettes and ribbons in the mail later.
Rachel's prize came from her Django stablemate, Tarantino. He is one of her best show horses and the win was well deserved, however it did put an end to the rivalry that was our Djangos, both good show horses, both who have squared up against each other before in other shows, but the final proof that one was better than the other, and unfortunately it wasn't mine! The show before this one they competed against, Emerald Downs Live, resulted in hers getting a 1st in the class and mine right behind with a 2nd. Both are lovely horses!
My champion was the one I was the most hopeful for. I almost couldn't bear to watch the class get judged - it was massive and full of well-deserving horses. Mine managed to win the class, much to my excitement, but by the time the callbacks happened I didn't let myself get my hopes up. Every single horse in the callbacks could have won, they were all amazing and I'd have pinned them all if I was judging and it was allowed. And somehow... it was my boy that won!
My lovely Darwin custom by Nikki Button managed to get Champion in the custom mini section (under the custom division). I was so ecstatic - the whole day was won for me right there, regardless of the placings of the rest of my horses. I won a glossy Fletcher, a 2018 Collectors Club model. Prize aside, I was just so happy this boy won. He was the horse that was lost in the mail for a couple of days and sent me through a whirlwind of emotions. I feel so lucky to own such an incredible piece.
Other notable placings included a 1st for Tezari, my ever consistent winner Marwari custom by Jeanette Garey, a sweep of the OF Mini warmblood class with my two cantering warmbloods getting 1st and 2nd, and a handful of other 2nds and under. Rachel and I's "mini strat" did not end up working out very well, but namely due to some (at least what we considered) questionable judging that had a rather vintage mold bias and the classes where vintage molds weren't allowed there were some choices made I would never dream of. For example, I'd have never placed my Darley 2nd, or anything, let alone exclusively pick Darleys to place in the non-G1 arabian class. I wasn't the only one who walked up to the table after this class was judged and was confused and shocked by this.
Nonetheless, it is the judge's decision in the end, however it is not a judge I would show under in halter again. The overall champs of the division were, unsurprisingly, both G1s. I love G1 molds, they are among my favorite SM molds, but some are quite lumpy and the paint jobs from back then are usually flat and/or unrealistic (see: splatter dapple grays, something that usually never places in a breed class, yet ended up pulling overall reserve grand). All that being said, the rest of the show was still enjoyable and getting to see the lovely horses there was fun.
The next day we took part in two workshops, a micro mini painting class with Maggie Bennett and a medallion sculpting class with Kylee Parks. Here are my two resulting projects from the workshops:
I am now back in North Dakota with all my horses and I'm packing them up for their final move to the Netherlands with me, where they will get cozy in their shiny new collection cabinet I posted about previously. I'm excited to see them all in it, however stressed about making sure they get there safe and sound! I will be packing them up in boxes and putting those boxes in my suitcases. It's a lot quicker, cheaper, and less risky of a journey to do that than sending them through international mail. Here's hoping everyone makes it safe and sound - I head over on Saturday!
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